Amanda C. Brainerd and
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


Amanda C. Brainerd

Word Blanket
By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Inspiration piece

I cover myself with a blanket of words.


I quilted each consonant into this cloth.
Each vowel is keeping me warm.


Words to remember

I’m pulling my word blanket up to my chin.
I’m sleeping with words.

Good night.

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  1. Posted October 30, 2010 at 10:54 am | #

    This is what I’m talking about! Here’s a gentle poem, deceptively simple, accessible to young readers, made all sophisticated by the intriguing artwork. How did Amanda make this??? I’m warmed from within. Beautiful collaboration!

  2. Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm | #

    Thanks! Glad you like this piece; it is a digital illustration.

  3. Posted October 31, 2010 at 2:01 am | #

    Amanda, This piece is so inviting and sumptuous! For the past week, I have been curious…curious…curious about what would happen with these words. Your illustration is so layered, so warm (as Heidi said), and a bit mysterious. Would you mind telling a little bit about how you create a digital illustration, how you chose these images? I’m honored to have been a part of this. Thank you! Yours, Amy

  4. Posted October 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm | #

    ps – I love the butterflies…

  5. Posted November 1, 2010 at 2:37 am | #

    Amy–For this piece I worked in Photoshop exclusively. Initially I put together a basic digital sketch and then spent a few days mulling over your words and later came back to the initial sketch not with a vision of the final image but rather concepts based on your words from which to work. The final piece came together intuitively from the themes that stood out in your words.

  6. Posted November 1, 2010 at 4:31 am | #

    Amanda, Thank you very much for your explanation. Such computer art is fascinating to me. May I have your permission to use this image on some greeting cards for my own personal use (with the poem on the back)? It is so woven together… If you are not comfortable with this, I completely understand. A.

  7. Posted November 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm | #

    Amy–responded via email about greeting cards.. Let me know though if you didn’t get it. /A